The 2005 Dietary Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, sometimes called the new "food pyramid," contain the latest scientific understanding of nutrition. People with diabetes can use the food pyramid to create a well-balanced and nutritious eating plan.
These guidelines are based on science, and they recognize that all people have their own food needs according to their age and level of activity. For instance, a grown man who works in an office and does not exercise needs less food than another man who is a marathon runner. A teenage girl needs a different amount of food and nutrients than her younger brother. Women in their thirties have different nutritional needs than women in their seventies. All of these things are true whether or not someone is diabetic, but diabetes requires more attention to the details of eating.
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